Safe Opioid Prescribing

A Key Component in Preventing Misuse

Prescribing guidelines follow a well-documented body of evidence that asks healthcare providers to be more deliberate in

  1. how and when they prescribe opioids
  2. monitoring patients for signs of misuse once prescribed chronic opioid therapy, and
  3. intervening as soon as opioid misuse is detected.

Key to preventing misuse, its downstream complications and staggering costs is the ability to detect misuse early enough to intervene before it becomes addiction or overdose.

At A Glance

  • More than 11 million people abused prescription opioids in 2016

    -CDC, Understanding the Epidemic 

  • 948,000 people used heroin in 2016, 170,000 for the first time

    -U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The Opioid Epidemic by the Number 

  • 63,632 Americans Died from Drug Poisoning in 2016

    -National Center for Health Statistics, Drug Poisoning Mortality in the United States, 1999-2016